Story by LaTasha Hewitt
Emil Peeler, pastor of the Capitol Hill church in Washington, D.C., felt that although there were a lot of solid Bible study resources available, there was need for a fresh, concise and simple approach. Consequently, FaithFacts (pictured) was birthed. “I specifically designed them to be used for baptismal preparation and as introductory studies for those new in their Christian journey,” says Peeler.
The Bible series, engineered to be used in small group settings or individually, is arranged in three tiers, with eight lessons in each level. The first is the Gold Level (referred to as “Common Ground” themes), which covers basic subjects such as grace, prayer, the Bible, praise, forgiveness, faith and temptation. The next level is the Emerald series (referred to as “Uncommon Ground”), which aims to prepare individuals for baptism. Ruby is the final level (referred to as “Higher Ground”), which explores lifestyle themes, last-day events, the three angels’ messages and more.
The lessons “are crafted to be simple enough for new believers to understand, but challenging enough for those who may just be revived in their faith,” says Peeler.
The Capitol Hill church used the FaithFacts lessons during their two-week Bible Conference last summer. More than 60 people finished the lessons and received completion certificates. Forty people have been baptized, with more to come.
The ministry is still growing and more resources will be added, including books, DVDs and meaningful, thought-provoking blogs. The church also plans to offer tips and tools for Bible study, preaching, witnessing, church growth and discipleship.